Master Engraved Browning Superposed Diana Grade 12GA 28″ Shotgun C&R 1969

SOLD FOR:$4,326.99

WOA#: WY240509CQ001

Make: Browning

Model: Superposed Diana Grade

Serial Number: 2004 S9

Year of Manufacture: 1969 (

Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4” Shells

Action Type:  Over/Under, Top Break Shotgun w/ Ejectors, and Single selective inertial trigger.

Markings: The left side of the upper barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY St LOUIS Mo. & MONTREAL P.Q.  /  MADE IN BELGIUM”. The right side of the barrel is marked “SPECIAL STEEL-12GA-SHELLS 2 3/4 / PATENTS NO 2.203.378-2.233.861 ”. On the take down level for the non removable forend “004 S / 65” and on the left side “A1” and on the toggle “2004S9”. The left side of the Monoblock is marked “2004 S9 PO” and One star for the top barrel and 2 stars for the bottom barrel. The block also has a diamond “9” and a “Z”.  There are also several more proofs on the right and underside of the block. The ejectors are labeled “O” and “U”. The top of the tang is marked “2004 S9”. The safety selector is marked “S U O”. The buttplate is marked “BROWNING”. The right side of the receiver is signed by the engraver “J.LEWANCZYK”. The receiver is highly and absolutely beautifully engraved with Ducks, Pheasants, and Rabbits.

Barrel Length: 28” Vented Rib.

Choke: Fixed Full over Modified.

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass bead fixed to the rib. The rib has checkering for glare reduction.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece High Gloss checkered High Grade walnut with a full pistol grip, straight fluted comb, checkered traditional forend, and Black Plastic Browning buttplate. The wood on this shotgun appears to have been replaced by Browning. There is an excellent chance that the original wood was Browning salt wood. The finish on the stock has some very fine surface lines that are only visible in the right lighting. There is an extremely small dent in the heel of the stock just in front of the butt. The LOP measures 14.25” from the trigger to the rear of the buttpad. The forend has the same fine lines in the high gloss finish and an extremely small chip on the right side rear of the wood where it locks into the metal. The checkering is sharp. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good to Excellent condition as C&R. Please take a close look at the photos to better understand the Wood on this shotgun.

Type of Finish: Blued and Coin / French Gray.

Finish Originality: Original.

Bore Condition: The smooth bores are mirror bright with only minor lines and no erosion. In this writer’s opinion the bores rate 9.5/10.

Overall Condition:  This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The right side of the barrels towards the muzzle have a few small patches of surface rust, and a couple scratches. There is some wear from where the forend rubs on the barrel. The left side of the barrel set also has some small rust freckling patches toward the muzzle. All of the engraved surfaces are not only beautiful but in Like New condition. The shotgun overall is in Very Good to Excellent for C&R given its age.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly including the ejectors. The shotgun features a single selective trigger. The forend is the Browning Non removable style forend. There is zero movement between the barrels and frame. The safety does NOT set automatically when the action is opened but functions properly when manually set. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shotgun includes a cleaning cloth, oil, and a Browning Leather Lockable Field Case with keys.

Our Assessment: The Browning Superposed Diana Grade Shotgun in 12 gauge not just a shotgun, it is a work of art that happens to break clays. Renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship, exceptional performance, and rich history. This over-and-under shotgun stands as a testament to the artistry and precision of Browning’s manufacturing, making it a prized possession for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Designed by the legendary John Moses Browning, the Superposed was the first over-and-under shotgun produced by the Browning company. Introduced in 1931, it quickly became one of the most celebrated shotguns in the world. The Diana Grade, named after the Roman goddess of the hunt, represents one of the highest grades of the Superposed line, characterized by its elaborate engravings and superior wood quality. The most distinctive features of the Browning Superposed Diana Grade is its detailed engraving work. The receiver is adorned with intricate, hand-engraved hunting scenes depicting pheasants, ducks, game birds and rabbits. These engravings were done by master engraver J.LEWANCZYK. The high level of detail and artistry in these engravings reflects the skill and dedication of the craftsmen involved, elevating this Diana Grade to a work of art. The wood used for the stock and fore-end is selected for its exceptional quality and beauty. High-grade walnut is chosen for its grain patterns and strength, and it is meticulously checkered and finished to provide both aesthetic appeal and a secure grip. The high-gloss finish not only enhances the visual beauty of the wood but also offers protection against the elements, ensuring the shotgun’s longevity. The action of the Superposed is renowned for its durability and smooth operation. Additionally, the Superposed Diana Grade features a single selective trigger, which allows the shooter to choose which barrel fires first, and a ejector system that efficiently ejects spent shells. In terms of collectibility, the Diana Grade holds significant value. Its combination of historical significance, artistic engraving, and superior materials makes it highly sought after by collectors. Limited production numbers and the involvement of master engravers further enhance its desirability and value over time. The Superposed Diana Grade remains a treasured and iconic firearm that continues to captivate collectors and shooters around the world. Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding!!!-R.L.

Master Engraved Browning Superposed Diana Grade 12GA 28" Shotgun C&R 1969
Master Engraved Browning Superposed Diana Grade 12GA 28″ Shotgun C&R 1969